Each year, one Vermont farm is selected as the Sustainable Agriculture Farm of the Year. The award, sponsored by the Vermont Sustainable Agriculture Council, recognizes farms dedicated to maintaining the long-term sustainability of farming in the state. Any Vermont farm is eligible to be nominated -- the deadline to submit a nomination is Oct. 31.
Criteria for award selection is based on how well the farm has demonstrated the following:
1) A significant commitment to environmental stewardship.
2) Innovative farming and/or marketing practices.
3) Economic viability of the farm business.
4) A commitment to education and community.
The selection committee is comprised of representatives from the Vermont Sustainable Agriculture Council, a legislated body that advises the University of Vermont Center for Sustainable Agriculture and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets on sustainable agriculture issues.
The award recipient receives a $200 check and a handsome sign suitable for posting at the farm. Past recipients include Shelburne Orchards, Shelburne; Harlow Farm, Westminster; Intervale Community Farm, Burlington; Butterworks Farm, Westfield; Lilac Ridge Farm, West Brattleboro; Adams Farm, Wilmington; Golden Russet Farm, Shoreham; Blue Spruce Farm, Bridport; and Someday Farm, East Dorset.
Please submit nominations electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 31. You may also mail it to Sustainable Agriculture Farm of the Year, c/o UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, 63 Carrigan Dr., Burlington 05405. Nominations should address the four selection criteria and be no longer than 500 words. Self-nominations are acceptable.